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Decibel Presents Get Behind the Mask: An Online Gallery of Metal Musicians in Support of Public Health

Co-authored by professors at Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California and Middlesex University across the pond in London, a 19-page research paper entitled “The effect of messaging and gender on intentions to wear a face covering to slow down COVID-19 transmission” revealed a frustrating finding: In the age of the coronavirus, men are less likely to wear a mask in public. Despite memorizing the entire Carcass discography, we don’t have the proper medical credentials to speak eloquently about COVID-19 on any kind of authoritative level. What Decibel does have, however, is a largely male demographic and many, many friends in the music industry with a very real sense of what’s at stake.

What it will take for metal shows to come back is most likely an eradication of the novel coronavirus. Though you may not be a doctor or research scientist, you are still an active member of society, tasked with holding yourself to a certain set of responsibilities not only to ensure your comfort but the general safety of those around you. And if the general welfare of your community isn’t enough, let us break it down in the most selfish terms possible: no mask, no show.

Wearing a mask isn’t difficult. Spending over a year without experiencing a live concert will be, however. Which is why the over 140 artists here—metal gods, local bands, white, black, Asian, celebrities, laborers, health care workers—are asking you to do your part to get behind the mask. We can all limit the spread of coronavirus; help protect each other and get one step closer to a time when we can safely watch these artists perform live in the flesh.

Dale Crover // Melvins

“Don’t be a dumbass, mask up!”

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Dale Crover // Melvins

Zachary Ezrin // Imperial Triumphant

“Let’s all do our part to get the music business back in business.”

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Zachary Ezrin // Imperial Triumphant

Tony Foresta // Municipal Waste / Iron Reagan

“As much as I love being home for such a crazy amount of time, sooner or later we’re going to run out of dog food. Let’s all be responsible with wearing our masks so everyone can go to shows, get back to work, and make that dog food money.”

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Tony Foresta // Municipal Waste / Iron Reagan

Scott Ian // Anthrax / The Damned Things

“Kill COVID-19. Wear a mask.”

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Scott Ian // Anthrax / The Damned Things

Rob LaChance // Wake

“Doing my part and showing respect to the people around me. Wearing a mask not only protects me from the chance of transmission by 80%, it protects my community and most importantly helps me to STAY ALIVE.”

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Rob LaChance // Wake

John Longstreth // Origin

“You have to wear a mask. If this hurts your masculinity then you do not deserve death metal, Origin and live music in general.”

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John Longstreth // Origin

London May // Samhain / Ministry

“GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS. NO MASKS, NO SHOWS!”

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London May // Samhain / Ministry

Champ Morgan // BLK OPS / Triage / ex-Kill the Client

“Use the strength between your ears. Be smart enough to mask up. Do it for yourself and those around you.”

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Champ Morgan // BLK OPS / Triage / ex-Kill the Client

Larry Herweg // Pelican

“We have never been the coolest looking band—in fact, we were almost turned away from one of our first out-of-town shows at Emissions from the Monolith festival for looking too unassuming—so it’s nice to have discovered that we can at least pretend to be badasses by donning masks WHILE BEING SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AT THE SAME TIME. We just want to encourage others to do the same—keep safe, keep masked—so we can get past this miserable pandemic and get back to playing shows (more than likely unmasked, but who knows).”

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Larry Herweg // Pelican

Dallas Thomas // Pelican

“We have never been the coolest looking band—in fact, we were almost turned away from one of our first out-of-town shows at Emissions from the Monolith festival for looking too unassuming—so it’s nice to have discovered that we can at least pretend to be badasses by donning masks WHILE BEING SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AT THE SAME TIME. We just want to encourage others to do the same—keep safe, keep masked—so we can get past this miserable pandemic and get back to playing shows (more than likely unmasked, but who knows).”

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Dallas Thomas // Pelican

Paul Ryan // Origin

“Put the mask ON—OR live music is gone!”

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Paul Ryan // Origin

Colin van Eeckhout // Amenra

“We will only rise until we fall.”

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Colin van Eeckhout // Amenra

Karl Willetts // Memoriam / ex-Bolt Thrower

“STAY SAFE—WEAR A MASK!”

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Karl Willetts // Memoriam / ex-Bolt Thrower

Dave Witte // Municipal Waste / Burnt By The Sun / every band ever

“You like music? You like going to see it? Well, put on a mask and help us get back to it.”

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Dave Witte // Municipal Waste / Burnt By The Sun / every band ever

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